Attorney General, 1859 Election


Date: October 11, 1859
Cycle: 1859
Office: Attorney General
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Gordon E. Cole Man Republican 21,186 54.58 +9.16
John B. Brisbin Man Democrat 17,630 45.42

Cole was an attorney from Faribault who later served in the state Senate (SD 08, 1866-1867) and state House (HD 20, 1883-1885).

Brisbin was a St. Paul attorney, President of the Territorial Council (District 2, 1856-1857), the seventh mayor of St. Paul, and a state Representative (HD 21, 1863-1864).


  • Journal of the House of Representatives of the Second Legislature of the State of Minnesota, 1859 (p. 39).